Anza Valley Christian School hosts 13th annual Christmas play at Thompson Hall

Senior Benjamin Clegg enjoys his lead performance at the Anza Valley Christian School’s 13th annual Christmas play at the Anza First Southern Baptist Church Friday, Dec. 8. Diane Sieker photo

The Anza Valley Christian School hosted their 13th annual Christmas play at the Anza First Southern Baptist Church’s Thompson Hall Friday, Dec. 8. The possible threat of a repeat power outage did not faze the actors, staff or audience.

The event featured a spaghetti dinner, the Christmas play and a bake sale. Sparkling Christmas decorations and excited children were center stage for the evening.

“The Present Is the Future” was inspired by the classic board game Clue, presenting a fun and clever musical by author Katie Combs. According to the author’s synopsis, the play follows six children as they navigate a house of mysteries to find the answer to a Christmas riddle presented to them by their mysterious host. Filled with outlandish characters, clever wordplay, campy satire and fun songs, “The Present Is the Future” helps children learn that their fears, desires and insecurities are similar to those from biblical times. They also begin to understand that by accepting the “present” of Jesus Christ, they can receive the gift of a hopeful future.

The students, from little elementary school-age children to high school seniors, acted all the play’s characters in costume. The parents, families and grandparents attended the performance and appeared to enjoy it, responding with a huge round of applause at the end. The songs in the production were contemporary and toe-tappingly fun. The children and staff worked hard to prepare and their effort was obvious from the perfection of the presentation.

Rehearsals began in early of September. Senior Benjamin Clegg, who was also the assistant director for the production, played the lead. The sound and light production was handled by another senior. Kim Thompson directed the Christmas play, working diligently with the children for many months. Aiden Heredia, ninth grade and Alex Lopez, eighth grade, completed their 10th year performing in the Christmas play successfully.

A professional video of the performance will be available to the public for a small donation. For more information on purchasing a DVD, contact the Anza Valley Christian School on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Anza-Valley-Christian-School/161753500511728 or call (951) 763-4937.

All donations go directly to the school.

The young actors perform a play for an appreciative audience at the Anza Valley Christian School’s 13th annual Christmas play at the Anza First Southern Baptist Church Friday, Dec. 8. Diane Sieker photo

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